Hanoi is holding a myriad of events and tours to capitalise on the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) to popularise images of the capital and Vietnam as a whole among international friends.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided on April 18 to lift its “Do Not Travel” COVID-19 recommendations for roughly 90 destinations worldwide, including Vietnam.
Visitors to the Ho Chi Minh City will now have the chance to enjoy stunning local views of the southern metropolis from above through new helicopter tours to be launched to mark National Reunification Day on April 30.
The number of foreign travelers travelling through local airports during the first quarter of the year is forecast to grow by 441% against the same period from last year to reach 141,600 passengers, according to statistics released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
More than ten days after the official reopening of Vietnam’s tourism sector, localities and businesses are putting all hands on deck to prepare for the summer travel season and revive the industry.
The number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam during the past two months has risen 71.7% year on year to 49,200, reported the General Statistics Office on February 28.
The tourism sector is expected to provide services for 65 million holidaymakers, including approximately 5 million foreign visitors, in 2022, said Doan Van Viet, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
About 6.2 million people traveled during the nine-day Tet holiday, according to VNAT. But most were independent tourists who did not buy tours from travel firms.
The national tourism industry received approximately 6.1 million domestic arrivals throughout the Lunar New Year holiday, known locally as Tet, which lasted from January 29 to February 6, with its revenue standing at an estimated VND25 trillion.
So far the Unites States, Japan, Taiwan (China), Singapore and Cambodia have approved Vietnam’s request to resume their regular air routes as of January 1, 2022, revealed an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
Experts have said Vietnam needs a roadmap to recover the tourism sector which has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the timing of the international commercial flight resumption is just days away, the hope for the reinstatement of international tourism is plagued with rather strict health control and regulations on tourists
The Vietnamese tourism sector aims to welcome five million international visitors and 60 million domestic tourists in 2022 to earn approximately VND400 trillion in revenue.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has requested relevant ministries and agencies to complete laying down consistent, detailed guidelines regarding the reopening of international commercial flights.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to welcome back international tourists via sea route and roads in the time ahead, after piloting the “vaccine passport” programme on the air route.
Implementing the second phase of a pilot program on foreign travelers from December 15, 2021 and allowing Vietnamese to travel abroad are among the proposals from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST).